Sensors / Air Quality Egg

After a successful Kickstarter project where backers exceeded the group’s funding goal by $100,000, Air Quality Egg is one of the early citizen science projects working on pollution sensing. The point is “working toward a better understanding of the air we breathe,” said Albert Chao, one of the developers of the project, and the approach the group is using is “both scientific and social.”

The compact sensor, which resembles—you guessed it—an egg, gathers high resolution readings of temperature, humidity, nitron dioxide and carbon monoxide from wherever you place it. The developers came up with the project in open collaboration with others. They’re interested, Chao said, in building communities that better understand data afterwards.